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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has its strong moments, the overall experience is flawed and not the triumphant masterpiece that so many hoped for.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”: A flawed finale

By Rylan Ammerman, Walt Whitman High School May 26, 2023

Following the disappointment that was the past four years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it was high time for director James Gunn to deliver a gem with the third installment of the “Guardians...

Jedi: Survivor allows players to explore unique, expansive environments in the Star Wars universe.

Jedi: Survivor makes major improvements in gameplay and story

By Ian Cha, Amador Valley High School May 25, 2023

On April 28, 2023, Respawn Entertainment released Jedi: Survivor, the long-awaited sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order. The game stars Jedi Cal Kestis, voiced by Cameron Monaghan, as he and his rebel crew fight...

Sophomore Emily Boyer (left), senior Gabriel Villanueva and junior Lara Martinez decorate their faces with Starface patches

GETTING THE STAR TREATMENT: Colorful celestial-themed pimple patches trending with SH students

By Jaimie Chun, Sunny Hills High School May 24, 2023

From Korean facial masks and layers of concealer to stacks of transparent pimple patches, senior Gabriel Villanueva has tried a variety of ways to remedy his unpleasant relationship with acne. All of...

While the final film of the Guardians trilogy is more somber, it still retains the key qualities that made the series so special to many fans: humor.

“Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3” takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster

By Anaisha Das, Dougherty Valley High School May 24, 2023

This review contains minor spoilers. If you had told me that I would be crying because of an anthropomorphic raccoon, I would have never believed you. But last week in the Bishop Ranch movie theater,...

Taylor Swift sings “The Archer” during her third Gillette Stadium performance of the Eras Tour.

REVIEW: Taylor Swift’s third night at Gillette leaves fans ‘Enchanted’

By Hanne Brabander, Algonquin Regional High School May 24, 2023

Nearly 70 thousand fans erupted in screams of elation last night for Taylor Swift's final performance of her three-day "Eras Tour" weekend at Gillette Stadium, a jam-packed venue she coyly nicknamed "Foxy...

Much of “Tears of the Kingdom” takes place in the sky, granting the player a new level of exploration and discovery.

Review: A first look at “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom”

By Winnie Einhorn, Woodside High School - CA May 23, 2023

After over six years of painful anticipation, Nintendo has finally released “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.” Loyal fans and new players alike awaited the game with high expectations, and...

Cover art for Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd pictures Lana

Del Rey in a blue-toned black-and-white photo (reminiscent of old Hollywood starlets) as she gazes at the camera in rumination.

Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd: Lana Del Rey’s Melodic Rumination on Life, Death, and Beauty

By Rishi Janakiraman, Stanford Online High School May 23, 2023

“And I’m gonna take, mine of you with me.” So goes the sonorous refrain of the opening track to Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd, artist Lana Del Rey’s ninth studio album,...

Juniors Ashley Hong (left) and Emma Jang show off their matching Sanrio keychains their friend gifted them after purchasing during her Hawaii trip on Thursday, April 20.

Decorative keychains charm their way onto backpacks

By Nicole Park, Sunny Hills High School May 22, 2023

According to the Guinness Book of World Records’ online website, Angel Alvarez Cornejo holds the title for the largest collection of keychains after accumulating 62,257 items. That feat was set in...

Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disneys upcoming The Little Mermaid live action remake.

Who’s watching?

By Sonia Verma, Monta Vista High School May 22, 2023

An 84-second teaser for Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” was released on Sept. 9 and within hours, the hashtag #notmyariel went viral on social media. The tag consisted of...

The inaugural Spartan Spotlighters production came to a close on April 30 to much acclaim. They performed “The Wizard of Oz”, and featured disabled students between seventh and 12th grades.

Spartan Spotlighters take audiences ‘Over the Rainbow’ with remarkable performance

By Jae Jepsen , Pleasant Valley High School - IA May 22, 2023

On April 29, the Spartan Spotlighters took the final bow of their inaugural show, and did it to a standing ovation. The house was packed with actors’ loved ones and otyher visitors alike, and the sense...

Graffiti is an abstract art-form that allows artist to express themselves and their emotions.

Taking a glance at graffiti

By Ananya Chaudhary and Lillian Wang May 19, 2023

*For the purpose of maintaining their anonymity, we will refer to the MVHS student as Student A.  Over the years, the vibrant and often provocative presence of graffiti has left its mark on the tunnels,...

Senior Ciara Carroll, this years TFS Musician of the Year, will attend Berklee College of Music in the fall.

TFS Musician of the Year: Ciara Carroll

By Alia Attar, Lake Forest High School May 19, 2023

When senior Ciara Carroll first signed up for classes as a freshman, her schedule included no music classes. Discouraged from trying music in middle school, Carroll enrolled instead in Business Entrepreneurship...

GRC graduate Caleb Crosby during a rehearsal break at the ACM Awards which air tonight on Amazon Prime.

GRC alum ready to set the ‘World On Fire’ with music legend Dolly Parton

By Paige Kleykamp, George Rogers Clark High School May 19, 2023

GRC graduate Caleb Crosby is preparing to perform tonight with one of the greatest of all time. After receiving his first kit at age 10, Crosby fell in love with the drums and spent time playing music...

Cynthia Cheng 13 (above) has become a successful independent illustrator and author. Their career began at EHS, and recently they have published their first book.

From Football Player to Graphic Novelist: EHS Alum Does It All

By MEHER MEHTA ‘25 and PRABHA KRISHNA ‘25 May 18, 2023

Edison High School’s very own alum, Cynthia Yuan Cheng ‘13, has recently published their Babysitters Club (BSC) graphic novel debut, "Mary Anne’s Bad Luck Mystery." As the thirteenth installment...

The Jackman. album cover features hip-hop and rap artist Jack Harlow standing alongside a row of dumpsters, his arms crossed over his chest.

‘Jackman.’ falls short in everything but its lyricism

By Aashi Venkat, Monta Vista High School May 17, 2023

“It must be my skin, I can't think of any other reason I win / I can't think of an explanation, it can't be the years of work I put in” — “It Can’t Be” (Track 8 of “Jackman.”) Hip-hop...

Jordan Jinosko visits Strath Haven High school for the performance of their piece: Freyas Chariot

Composer Jordan Jinosko returns for spring instrumental concert

By Julia Gray '23, Strath Haven High School May 17, 2023

You can hear the voice of Freya, the Norse goddess of war and magic, in an unlikely place: the oboes of a high school’s symphony orchestra.  Much of award-winning composer Jordan Jinosko’s music...

Cox poses next to his pieces from the Kinley Hotel.

Local artist spreads positivity through art

By Nazret Degaulle, Walnut Hills High School May 17, 2023

When John Caliguri, orchestra teacher, listened to the contemporary musical composition “Secret History” for the first time, he was moved. “I listened to it over and over again [and] mental pictures...

Helen Li, a 29-year-old product manager who grew up in Wayland, became a contestant on season 44 of the reality game show “Survivor,” which is currently airing on CBS. “‘Survivor’ is just this unfathomable situation that you cant find anywhere else,” Li said.

Helen Li: Outwit. outplay. outlast.

By Penelope Biddle, Wayland High School May 17, 2023

Wayland native, Helen Li, was one of 18 castaways on season 44 of “Survivor.” Li has already finished filming in Fiji and is back at her current home in San Francisco, California. However, like any...

Zines have been around for almost a century, but the modern Louisville zine scene has started to flourish recently. Photo by Brennan Eberwine

Unfolding the Louisville zine scene

By Brennan Eberwine, duPont Manual High School May 16, 2023

Is Print Dead? All signs point to yes. U.S. daily newspaper circulation fell from 55.8 million in 2000 to 24.2 million in 2020 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Locally, circulation of the Courier-Journal...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is showing in theaters across the nation.

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is an emotional farewell for the lovable band of misfits

By Mathew Dickman, Amador Valley High School May 16, 2023

Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, released in theaters on May 5, 2023, released with the intention that it will be the final onscreen adventure for many of the characters that made their original...

The Mario Bros. are back on rainbow road

By Sophie Leung-Lieu and Helen Martin May 16, 2023

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is an action-packed animated comedy featuring a childhood favorite video game. Lovable characters Mario and Luigi return to screens as never seen before, this time in a lively...

Many artists turn to alter egos as a form of creative expression that facilitates growth in their artistic development.

Alter egos are revolutionizing the music industry

By Shobini Iyer, Pleasant Valley High School - IA May 16, 2023

As figures who spend their entire professional careers basking in the limelight, artists cannot always control the way they are perceived. To better shape their public identity, many artists have turned...

Orndorff holds a picture of his comics main character, Philobar.

Andrew Orndorff publishes his own webcomic

By Ben Schneider, Clover Hill High School May 15, 2023

Apart from his schoolwork and job performing as Clover Hill’s cav man mascot, senior Andrew Orndorff has another pursuit; he writes and publishes a webcomic called “Philobar: the Pesky Monk” on the...

“Love is Blind” is one of Netflix’s biggest shows. It was the only unscripted reality show to score on Nielsen’s 2022’s Top Ten Original Streaming Programs, making it one of the most popular shows in the United States.

“Love is Blind,” but we aren’t

By Anna Claywell and Elizabeth Franklin May 15, 2023

“Love Is Blind” is a typical reality dating show. Singles are sent on dates to test their compatibility over the season, ending with weddings where they decide if they want to spend the rest of their...

Despite the absence of the Caped Crusader in CWs new series, Gotham Knights, viewers may get to see the origin story of how the towns district attorney, Harvey Dent (actor Misha Collins, center) eventually turns into DCs famous villain, Two-Face. The prosecutor is joined by others from the community at Bruce Waynes funeral in the series pilot episode.

TV REVIEW: With no Batman, will viewers stay tuned to watch the CW’s ‘Gotham Knights’? Maybe

By Jenna Kim, Sunny Hills High School May 12, 2023

Superheroes never die. At least they shouldn't. Those behind Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, have definitely tossed that notion aside after not one, but two Avengers got the ax in 2019's...

Opinion: Taylor Swift is more than who she dates

By Serenity Corbett-Richardson, Carlmont High School May 12, 2023

Just days after news broke of Taylor Swift and her longtime boyfriend’s split, betting pools for her next romantic endeavor surfaced online. However harmless this may be, it is not a one-time occurrence....

TikTok’s ‘pasta guy’ serves up a batch of business advice

By Brendan Harris and Seth Franco May 12, 2023

Ryan Peters has always enjoyed making and eating pasta. But it wasn’t until he became the TikTok “pasta guy,” with millions of followers on social media, that he got to make the dish at the top of...

Sophomore Teagen Veile prepare to stage kiss junior Emery Ishmael during Frederick Theatres April production of High Fidelity. While kissing on stag seems pretty simple, it actually takes a lot of coordination to ensure that everyone involved feels safe and supported. This has led to Frederick adopting a new kind of student director: the Intimacy Coordinator. (Photo courtesy of Chris Tone)

The Act of Kissing

By Ryley Anderson, Frederick High School May 11, 2023

One of the most harrowing actions that drama students must perform onstage has nothing to do with heights, fights, or other physical risks--it's the stage kiss. From Beauty kissing her Beast to the Music...

From left to right, seniors Patrick Lee, Sunny Jayaram, Angela Zhang, Saachi Sharma, and Aidan Buck jam out during a practice session in AP Gov teacher Brandon Andrews’ classroom.

Anticus bands together with rock

By Andrew Ma, California High School - CA May 11, 2023

“Don’t. Stop. Me. Now. Don’t stop me,” chorused Cal’s senior band Anticus at the rally on March 31 over soft piano chords. “Cause I’m having a good time, having a good time!” Anticus’...

Senior Aris Yang (left) practices his part before the Fall band concert on Oct. 28, 2022.

Performing with perfect pitch

By Megha Mummaneni, Monta Vista High School May 11, 2023

Perfect pitch, also known as absolute pitch, is an ability only 0.01% of the population and an estimated 4% of musicians have. From Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Mariah Carey and...

 Theatre junior Lillian Jones, illustrator of “The Very Hungry Little Girl”, poses arms crossed in the muse studio.

Lillian Jones: Illustrator

By Aidan Smith, Dreyfoos School of the Arts May 10, 2023

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, while many were stocking up on toilet paper or finding a new show to binge, theatre junior Lillian Jones was working on her book. For the last couple of years,...

Coppell High School senior bass drummer Cooper Wiethoff stands taller than his peers on the Coppell Drumline. While his height sets him apart, through leadership and talent, Wiethoff will march with the Sacramento Mandarins over the summer.

Wiethoff reaching new heights with elite Sacramento drum corps

By Angelina Liu, Coppell High School May 9, 2023

Feeling the beat of the drum, Coppell senior Cooper Wiethoff’s body sways to the rhythm. Eyes closed, his size 14 feet shift on the waxy gym floor. Performing at the senior pep rally with Coppell’s...

ROWS OF RED. As part of her project, “Redefining Redlining,” artist Amanda Williams planted 100,000 tulip bulbs in Washington Park to represent 21 demolished buildings. The display exhibits the impacts of redlining on the South Side and beyond.

Seeing Red: Flower display presents impact of Chicago redlining

By Audrey Matei, University of Chicago Laboratory High School May 9, 2023

Gray and brown buildings jut from fields of saturated spring grass. The dark asphalt streets starkly contrast with the light blue sky above. Along the horizon, the Green Line rumbles on its journey south....

Tyrone seniors Caleb and Ashlynn McKinney played Marco, an adopted baby, on Sesame Street in 2005. It was the first time Sesame Street addressed the issue of international and single parent adoption on the show.

Tyrone Seniors Part of Sesame Street History

By Cassidy Miksich, Tyrone Area High School May 9, 2023

For over 53 years, Sesame Street has been teaching children numbers and letters while also tackling an array of “grown-up” issues that other children’s shows are reluctant to address. Sesame Street...

Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret has a number of classic coming-of-age moments, including an uncomfortable lesson about the menstrual cycle.

Reconsidering a rating

By Karina Rower, West Linn High School May 8, 2023

Through a combination of adult wit and child-like whimsy, Judy Blume’s body of work has been beloved and revered by all ages spanning multiple generations. With her first young adult (YA) book in 1970,...

Because of BTS’s vast global influence and popularity, concerns have arisen about the negative economic and musical impacts that could follow BTS’s military enlistments.

A future in crisis

By Leila Assadi, Pleasant Valley High School - IA May 8, 2023

Nearing the 10th anniversary of their debut, BTS has created history, leaving a permanent mark on the global music scene. While there is no single way to describe BTS’s impact, K-pop trailblazers, self-love...

Slang can both complicate and ease romantic interactions for today’s youth.

Rizz-ults of “rizz” culture

By Chloe De Leon, Woodside High School - CA May 5, 2023

Whether the subject pertains to elementary school crushes or long-term high school relationships, romantic connections begin for anyone with “rizz.” The slang term “rizz” derives from the...

“Beau is Afraid”: A delightful, anxiety-fueled endurance test of epic proportions

By Henry Dupree, Walt Whitman High School May 5, 2023

A black void fills the screen. Silence persists until scrambled noises periodically fill the theater. A blinding flash reveals bright lights and blurred images of doctors. As the crying of a newborn intensifies,...

Two age-preventing creams are displayed, illuminated by bathroom light. Through the means of social media, the promotion of age-prevention and appearance-enhancement has the potential to leave harmful impacts on social media users, especially those who identify as female.

Social media perpetuates beauty industry’s focus on anti-aging, has potentially ‘harmful’ impact

By Siena Ferraro, Archer School for Girls May 3, 2023

A contorted, horizontally-oriented straw engineered to combat wrinkles surrounding the mouth. Medical grade tape applied to the back of the neck for a homemade facelift. A shampoo formulated to prevent...

Freshman Laksha Muruganandam, who does Bharatanatyam, performs for her dance school’s annual day.

South Asian dances display variety of subcultures

By Hansika Gautama, Chantilly High School April 28, 2023

As the lights shine on the stage, freshman Laksha Muruganandam dances with dramatic expressions and precise movements as a way to convey a meaningful story for the audience. From folk to classical, South...

Coppell High School junior Daniel Guzman fine-tunes his equipment the night before a professional gig. Guzman has pursued music since 2014 and is now a professional DJ, recording artist, music engineer and producer by the name Forreal.

Guzman spinning the disc of his life

By Wendy Le, Coppell High School April 25, 2023

Childhood aspirations gradually wither and fade as one develops. You would expect a toddler making songs and tapping away at an impromptu drum set consisting of pots and pans to be just a phase, but for...

Senior Chaya Powell (center) as Medea in this years one act play Medea. Medea is about a woman, who is divine descent and had the gift of prophecy, that seeks revenge against her unfaithful husband Jason.

Setting the stage: Senior reflects on UIL performance

By Annie Osborne, Smithson Valley High School April 24, 2023

Sore and exhausted, her eyes puffy from the 5 a.m. call time, senior Chaya Powell runs through each scene in her mind as she helps preset the stage. The stopwatch will soon start counting, and the one-act...

Junior Ashley Nelson and senior Will Clem took home winning titles over the weekend for their work in theatrical makeup design and scenic design, respectively.

La Salle Thespians Earn First Place in State, Advance to International Competition

By Lillian Paugh, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School April 24, 2023

On Saturday, April 15, two members of La Salle’s International Thespian Society (ITS) chapter made history in Salem at the Oregon Thespian State Festival as the first La Salle students to ever advance...

Mother Country Radicals is a podcast about the 1970s far-left organization, the Weather Underground. The show is hosted by the son of two former members and current Lab parent, Zayd Dohrn.

Podcast hosted by Lab parent explores history of revolutionary group

By Clare O'Connor, University of Chicago Laboratory High School April 24, 2023

The “Mother Country Radicals” podcast opens with several descriptions of Bernardine Dohrn, a former leader of the 1970s far-left organization, the Weather Underground. Lines of narration spliced with...

Radloff at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Dallas, Texas in 2015.

The Glitz and the Glamour

By Emma Li, Parkway Central High School April 19, 2023

Flashing cameras, late night events, names in lights. A career living on the coast surrounded by some of the biggest stars in contemporary media - publicist, influencer, makeup artist even? Jessica...

Super Nintendo World, Universal Studios Hollywoods new theme park, presents an immersive game-like experience in the colorful Mario world on a Monday, March 20, visit. The park officially opened on Friday, Feb. 17.

REVIEW: Super Nintendo World wins all stars, despite few banana peels

By Jaimie Chun, Sunny Hills High School April 17, 2023

Universal Studios Hollywood’s newest attraction, Super Nintendo World, offers a second-to-none aesthetic and interactive experience that leaves visitors in awe at how perfectly the theme park brings...

Pictured are a number of recent books by women including “Behind the Scenes” by professor and author Karelia Stetz-Waters who was interviewed for this article.

Women still face obstacles in the book industry

By Eirini Schoinas, Lincoln High School - OR April 17, 2023

Women make up the majority of readers and authors, but despite this, they still face additional obstacles in the book and publishing industries. “There's more women getting published, but it's misleading...

Senior Shreyas Malladi expertly folds inventive and complex origami creations.

Shreyas Malladi unfolds his creativity through origami art

By Neha Ayyer, Lynbrook High School - CA April 14, 2023

Surrounded by a stack of paper and intricate designs, senior Shreyas Malladi expertly folds inventive origami creations. Malladi designs his own pieces by hand and through an online software called Pepakura,...

Nail technician and small business owner Shelly Estrada poses in her salon beneath a neon sign of her business Instagram account name. Estrada and her mother recently opened Purple Touch Beauty Salon in downtown Hollywood.

Nails Become High Art at New Nail Salon in Downtown Hollywood

By Angelina Popov-Easton, South Broward High School April 13, 2023

The average human nail bed measures ½ an inch. It’s a tiny, tiny space. The same length as half a paper clip and smaller than the width of a penny. But for Shelly Estrada, it’s her canvas. On it,...

The movie series stars Keanu Reeves as the title character, John Wick.

How does John Wick: Chapter 4 hold up to the rest of the franchise?

By Mathew Dickman, Amador Valley High School April 12, 2023

John Wick: Chapter 4, released in theaters on March 24, 2023, is a worthy addition to the franchise. Chapter 4 is overflowing with action, excitement, fun characters, charm, and emotion. Though this film...

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